I wish I hadn't - it's that extraordinary.
Read the whole piece, in its entirety over at NT2.
But the gist is this:
Cuomo's approval numbers have tanked because of his attacks on teachers.
People are conflating Common Core, the CCSS tests and Cuomo's push for teacher evaluations all into one and are blaming Cuomo for all three.
NT2 says the numbers would be even worse if NYSUT hadn't pulled their TV ads:
And think of what the drop might have been had NYSUT not pulled its TV ads a month ago. They were good ads. They featured women teachers speaking directly to Cuomo saying in effect: “How dare you say that I’m the problem.”
Nonetheless, Cuomo's getting hurt bad in this battle, even with the ads down.
But it doesn't matter, because no matter how weak Cuomo is at this moment, the UFT leadership is looking to help him out:
This post is actually about NYSUT, once the state’s most powerful union, but now a shell of itself due to internal conflict within its own ranks and with other teacher unions. One would have thought that Cuomo’s unprecedented attack would have unified the teacher reps, but no. They are still fragmented, still paralyzed, still seemingly unable to capitalize on this moment in which Cuomo seems so vulnerable on education policy.
(Even as we are writing this, the UFT’s Mike Mulgrew is negotiating with Cuomo’s office on his own, going around NYSUT.)
NT2 blog ends the post with this:
The entity that may capitalize on Cuomo’s vulnerability, however, is the Assembly. Now that the Assembly has taken ethics off the table, it’s free to do what it wants to do – a wholesale re-write of Cuomo education policies.
Cuomo, stung by the poll, and wanting mainly and perhaps only an ethics victory, might go along. NYSUT would benefit, although not as a result of its own efforts. It will simply luck out.
I've been pointing out for weeks now how the union leadership has been fighting a half-assed battle against Cuomo instead of going for his throat.
Now we know why.
The sellout is being negotiated by Mike Mulgrew and the UFT leadership.